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Clathrus ruber   (Caged stinkhorn)
Family
Phallaceae
Location
North America and Europe
Dimensions
Fruiting body 4-10 cm tall * variable diameter
Edibility
Poisonous

Description
Clathrus ruber, also know as caged stinkhorn or the basket stinkhorn is a red mushroom that develops a spherical cage-like structure. It emerges from a white or buff egg.

Fruiting Body as immature a whitish to faintly brownish egg which is 3–5 cm in diameter. As mature it is 5–18 cm high and 4–10 cm in diameter, consisting of a mesh of arms that surround semi-regular openings, creating a lattice-like structure with is orangish-red to red, fading to pinkish.

Similar species There are many Clathrus species which are mainly tropical. Some are bright red, others are white.

Clathrus ruber on the www.first-nature.com web site.
Clathrus ruber on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.




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